Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by

Angeline Boulley

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Daunis Fontaine Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist, 18-year-old Daunis is a former hockey player trying to find her way after graduating high school the spring before the novel begins. Daunis’s Mom is white, and Dad was a member of the Sugar Island Ojibwe tribe, though Daunis herself isn’t enrolled in the tribe. Daunis deeply connected to her Ojibwe heritage, spiritual beliefs, and customs, however, and ultimately enrolls just before her 19th birthday. Though Daunis is convinced that attending the local university will prevent what her Gramma Pearl would say is “the third bad thing” from happening (Daunis’s Uncle David recently died, and her grandmother GrandMary had a stroke), the third bad thing happens anyway: Daunis witnesses Travis, who’s addicted to meth, kill her best friend, Lily. As Daunis gets drawn into the FBI’s undercover investigation into the local meth cell as a confidential informant, she struggles with her feelings for Jamie, a young agent posing as a high school student and her boyfriend. Much of her maturation occurs as she learns that being a strong Nish kwe means accepting uncomfortable truths—such as that her half-brother Levi is involved in the meth cell, and that when white, wealthy Grant Edwards rapes her, her status as a Native woman means she has no legal recourse. She also learns that real love means wanting the best for someone even if that means not being together, so she ultimately refuses to continue a relationship with Jamie when the investigation concludes.

Daunis Fontaine Quotes in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The Firekeeper’s Daughter quotes below are all either spoken by Daunis Fontaine or refer to Daunis Fontaine. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1  Quotes

My Zhaaganaash and Anishinaabe grandmothers could not have been more different. […] Their push and pull on me has been a tug-of-war my entire life.

When I was seven, I spent a weekend at Gramma Pearl’s tar-paper house on Sugar Island. I woke up crying with an earache […]. She had me pee in a cup, and poured it into my ear as I rested my head in her lap. Back home for Sunday dinner at GrandMary and Grandpa Lorenzo’s, I excitedly shared how smart my grandmother was. Gramma Pearl fixed my earache with my pee! GrandMary recoiled and, a heartbeat later, glared at my mother as if this was her fault. Something split inside me when I saw my mother’s embarrassment. I learned there were times when I was expected to be a Fontaine and other times when it was safe to be a Firekeeper.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Gramma Pearl, GrandMary, Mom, Grandpa Lorenzo, Dad
Page Number: 10-11
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Auntie overheard us talking and sat us down. She talked about the boarding school that Granny June’s daughters had been scooped up and taken to. Years spent marching like soldiers and training to be household domestics. They had the Anishinaabemowin and cultural teachings beaten out of them. When they came back to Sugar Island, one of the girls had scarred palms that looked like melted plastic, and she ran into the woods at the sound of a kettle whistle. Her sister was afraid of men and had to sleep with her back against the wall. Auntie had told us, When you criticize Maggie, just remember she was raised by one of those sisters, the one who didn’t kill herself.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Auntie Teddie (speaker), Maggie, Lily, Granny June
Page Number: 100
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Maybe it isn’t about helping the FBI, but about protecting my community. Can I do one without the other? If I don’t sign on, they will find someone else to be their confidential informant.

Jamie is right—I know science and Ojibwe culture. I also know that I am strong enough to do this. There is one more thing I know…My definition of being a good Secret Squirrel is not the same as theirs.

Maybe there isn’t one investigation taking place, but two.

Theirs. And mine.

I sign the agreement.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Jamie Johnson, Ron Johnson, Uncle David
Page Number: 131
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Chapter 18 Quotes

“The FBI had been investigating meth activity. The incident in Minnesota was unusual enough for the FBI to look into the different substances being added during production.”

“Do you know how the kids are doing now?” I hope their community has good resources to help them.

When Jamie admits he doesn’t know, it reinforces how different we are. The FBI is interested in learning what caused the group hallucination. I want to know if the kids are okay.

Related Characters: Jamie Johnson (speaker), Daunis Fontaine (speaker)
Page Number: 157-158
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Chapter 20 Quotes

Pausing in the doorway, I watch Mom massaging lotion on her mother’s toothpick legs. She exhausts herself looking after GrandMary, who wasn’t always kind to her.

What if it’s a strength to love and care for someone you don’t always like?

Mom was adamant that Uncle David hadn’t relapsed. I know now that he didn’t, but even if he had, she would have continued to love and support him.

What if my mother is actually a strong person disguised as someone fragile?

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Mom, GrandMary, Uncle David, Dad
Page Number: 180
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Chapter 22 Quotes

“She used to be Heather Swanson,” I say. “Everyone knew her dad was Joey Nodin, but he denied it. Supposedly he threatened Heather’s mom when she asked for child support. But once the casino opened and the Tribe started paying per cap, Joey claimed paternity and enrolled Heather in the Tribe. People say Joey paid her mom’s shady boyfriend to set her up for a drug bust so she would lose custody. The custodial parent gets the kid’s minor money.”

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Jamie Johnson, Heather Nodin, Grant Edwards
Page Number: 197
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Chapter 23 Quotes

“Your kiden needed protection from bad dreams?” I raise an eyebrow.

She laughs while zipping her jeans. “Dream catchers are sexy.”

When Lily and I were on Tribal Youth Council, we all played a game called Bigotry Bingo. When we heard a comment that fed into stereotypes, we’d call it out. Dream catchers were the free space. Too easy. There were so many others, though.

You don’t look Native.

Must be nice to get free college.

Can you give me an Indian name for my dog?

Maybe-Megan’s tattoo would have been good for another square: Native Americans as a sexual fetish. The more she talks, the more squares I mark […].

“I’m honoring Indians,” she says in response to my lingering scowl.

“Plus, I’m part Indian, so it’s okay.”

“My great-grandma was an Indian princess.”

Lily, we have a winner!

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Megan (speaker), Lily, Mrs. Hammond
Page Number: 210
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Chapter 26 Quotes

I have wanted this ever since I understood that being Anishinaabe and being an enrolled citizen weren’t necessarily the same thing.

My mind races, remembering Granny’s unsuccessful efforts to get this for Lily.

I can become a member. Except…It changes nothing about me.

I am Anishinaabe. Since my first breath. […]

My whole life, I’ve been seeking validation of my identity from others. Now that it’s within my reach, I realize I don’t need it.

“Miigwech.” I take a deep breath. “But I don’t need a card to define me.”

“I know you don’t, Daunis. But think about,” Auntie says. “This is a gift from your dad.”

[…]

Granny says, “Your decision isn’t just about you. It’s for your children. Grandchildren.”

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Auntie Teddie (speaker), Granny June (speaker), Dad
Page Number: 237
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Each tribe has the sovereign right to determine who is a member. My best friend couldn’t get enrolled because of the way the Sugar Island Ojibwe Tribe’s enrollment office calculated Indian blood quantum: fractions of Indian blood based on lineage. Granny June’s first husband was from a First Nations band in Canada, so Lily’s pedigree didn’t meet the standard. Too many ancestors from across the river, not the right kind of Indian blood. Granny filed an appeal with Tribal Council, telling them, No one told me I wasn’t supposed to snag on that side of the river. We were here before that border existed. Every one of yous got cousins over there. But Council rejected her appeal for Lily’s membership application.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Granny June (speaker), Lily, Grant Edwards
Page Number: 243
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Chapter 28 Quotes

“Hold on. When you say ‘we,’ you don’t mean you and me. You mean the FBI,” I say, mouthing the initials while pretending to rub my nose so no one can read my lips. “Jamie, don’t you remember what my aunt told us about making some workers stay late to fix the owl T-shirts? They learned about the problem and had ownership in the solution? We have to fix it. The community, not the”—my hand hides my mouth from the room again—“FBI.”

Page Number: 258
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Chapter 34 Quotes

“Once your mother is feeling better, I hope you’ll rethink staying home. I know Indian kids struggle in college because they’re not prepared academically or socially, but Daunis, you’re not like them.”

Words truly do fail me. All I can do is gape at her in disbelief.

“Well, I don’t mean anything bad about Indians.” Mrs. Hammond looks around anxiously. “You know I’m not prejudiced.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Hammond (speaker), Daunis Fontaine
Page Number: 310
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Chapter 36 Quotes

I am overcome with deep gratitude as I sit here next to Auntie before the fire. Auntie has shown me how to be a strong Nish kwe—full of love, anger, humor, sorrow, and joy. Not as something perfect: She is a woman who is complex and sometimes exhausted, but mostly brave. She loves imperfect people fiercely.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Auntie Teddie, Mom, GrandMary, Levi Firekeeper
Page Number: 328
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When Lily told Travis that she was done for good, he pulled out a gun. Love is not control. If he had truly loved Lily, he would have wanted her to have a good life. Even if it wasn’t with him. Instead, he did the opposite of love. Travis steadied the gun in his hand and thought only of himself.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Auntie Teddie, Lily, Travis Flint, Jamie Johnson
Page Number: 331
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Chapter 37 Quotes

Somehow, Travis had come across a love medicine. The kind of bad medicine that Auntie warned me against asking too much about.

When Lily refused to try the love medicine, Travis must have added it to a batch of meth […]. What he thought was a love medicine was actually the opposite of love. Real love honors your spirit. If you need a medicine to create or keep it, that’s possession and control. Not love.

A couple of weeks later, on a rez in Minnesota, a group of kids tried it […]. Every single one got sick. Not lovesick for some girl they’d never met, but infected with an insatiable desire for more meth.

I can do my part to protect our medicines, while trusting that there are those in the community who are doing their part to preserve and protect many different medicine teachings.

Page Number: 334-335
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Chapter 38 Quotes

Hockey brings my community together. Native and non-Native. All ages. All neighborhoods. Here in Chi Mukwa, a community recreation building funded by the Sugar Island Ojibwe Tribe, everyone stands united for our teams. I just hope they remember today was for Robin Bailey.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Robin Bailey, Levi Firekeeper, Mom, Mrs. Hammond
Page Number: 343
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Chapter 40 Quotes

“I’m not just some emotional entanglement,” I say. “Jamie and I can handle being part of the investigation and having something that’s not so neatly defined.”

Ron shakes his head. He’s frustrated, I think, but what else can he say about it?

“Daunis, you do get that there is no actual Jamie Johnson, right? There is just a rookie officer who will do anything it takes to redeem himself after his first UC assignment went to hell. Including using you.”

“What do you mean?”

“Jamie was the one who proposed that he get close to you.”

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Ron Johnson (speaker), Jamie Johnson, Lily, Travis Flint
Page Number: 366
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Chapter 42 Quotes

What if I ask for something I shouldn’t? I could be a bird asking Creator for love, only to be so enamored of my new mate that I fly into a clean window and break my neck.

Everything has strings attached. Unintended consequences. The shove from behind that you never saw coming.

Flakes of semaa flutter from my trembling hand.

My prayer ends with a confession: I’m scared.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Auntie Teddie
Page Number: 382-383
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Chapter 43 Quotes

My heart skips a beat.

I tip the basket upside down. Staring at the floor where Dad’s scarf lands.

Green, like my mother’s eyes.

Levi kept it from me. He had it all along.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Levi Firekeeper, Dad, Judge Dana Firekeeper
Related Symbols: Dad’s Scarf
Page Number: 391
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Nibwaakaawin. Auntie told me the translation, breaking down each part of the word so it made perfect sense: To be wise is to live with an abundance of sight.

My whole life I’ve wanted to be like my aunt. The way a person dreams about being a ballerina, but not of broken toes and years of practice. I wanted to be a strong and wise Nish kwe, never considering how that abundance of sight would be earned.

I wanted to find out who was involved in the meth madness that took Lily and Uncle David. Robin and Heather, too. And the kids in Minnesota who got so sick from meth-X.

The person I was searching for this whole time was Levi.

Wisdom is not bestowed. In its raw state, it is the heartbreak of knowing things you wish you didn’t.

Page Number: 392-393
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Chapter 52 Quotes

I thought I had no resources on the ferry, except for one lone Elder. But one led to another, and another. A resource I never anticipated during my time of dire need.

I’m reminded that our Elders are our greatest resource, embodying our culture and community. Their stories connect us to our language medicines, land, clans, songs, and traditions. They are a bridge between the Before and the Now, guiding those of us who will carry on in the Future.

We honor our heritage and our people, those who are alive and those who’ve passed on. That’s important because it keeps the ones we lose with us. My grandparents. Uncle David. Lily. Dad.

Page Number: 453
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Chapter 55 Quotes

“Does your family know what you do? Going undercover in tribal communities?”

“They know I work for the FBI,” Ron tells her. “My sister thinks it’s dangerous. My cousins think I’m a sellout. I do this work because we need good people working at the agencies that help tribes.”

Auntie snorts. “Scariest words ever spoken: ‘I’m from the federal government and I’m here to help.’”

Related Characters: Auntie Teddie (speaker), Ron Johnson (speaker), Daunis Fontaine
Page Number: 468
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I am so tired. The weight of my expendability is crushing.

Not everyone gets justice. Least of all Nish kwewag.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Ron Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Grant Edwards
Page Number: 473
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Chapter 56 Quotes

He cries. I don’t soothe him. He needs to feel this, and I need to hear it. Investigations involve real people. Informants face real risks. Developing real feelings for me doesn’t wash away that he was willing to use me, a girl he didn’t know, to pursue a case and get a career boost.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Jamie Johnson
Page Number: 475
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Chapter 57 Quotes

Powwows are not ceremonies, and yet there is something restorative about the gathering of our community. The collective spirit of our tribal nation coming together, sharing songs and fellowship with others. It’s our annual powwow, the third weekend in August, and my community needs healing now more than ever.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker)
Page Number: 479
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As my aunt tells the story, a large basket is passed around the inner circle. I take a yellow pansy and pass the basket to Auntie. I watch as women approach the fire, each one offering a pansy.

As I release the pansy, I think about what Grant Edwards did to me and say my silent prayer. There is comfort in watching the smoke rise to the full moon.

When I return to my seat, Granny June holds my hand.

“Liliban was thankful each year that you weren’t here,” she says.

“Wait. She was here?” My heart breaks.

“Yes, my girl. Ever since she came to live with me.”

I cry for my best friend and the secrets she wanted to protect me from.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Granny June (speaker), Lily, Auntie Teddie, Grant Edwards
Page Number: 481
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I am overcome with a mixture of emotions. Sad that their innocent eyes are open to the trauma that still impacts our community today. Angry they must learn these truths in order to be strong Anishinaabeg in a world where Indians are thought of only in the past tense. Proud that they—smart, sturdy, and loved—are the greatest wish our ancestors had, for our nation to survive and flourish.

Related Characters: Daunis Fontaine (speaker), Perry, Pauline, Auntie Teddie, Art
Page Number: 485
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Daunis Fontaine Character Timeline in Firekeeper’s Daughter

The timeline below shows where the character Daunis Fontaine appears in Firekeeper’s Daughter. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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The narrator (Daunis) dresses in running clothes before sunrise and leaves a pinch of semaa (tobacco) on the... (full context)
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Daunis continues on until she reaches EverCare, a long-term care facility. She greets the head nurse,... (full context)
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Daunis applies lipstick to GrandMary’s lips and moments later, GrandMary seems to come back. Quickly, Daunis... (full context)
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Suddenly, a bird flies into the window. Gramma Pearl, Daunis’s Anishinaabe nokomis, would say this is a bad sign; GrandMary would say it’s just chance.... (full context)
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Daunis watches Mom lotion GrandMary’s legs. Mom is convinced that GrandMary will recover, and a week... (full context)
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Several hours later, Daunis’s best friend Lily pulls up in her Jeep, with tiny Granny June riding shotgun. Daunis... (full context)
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On the drive, Daunis shares that she told Mom and GrandMary about her college decision. Granny June is incensed... (full context)
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Passing a billboard for today’s Tribal Council election, Lily gripes that Daunis’s Auntie Teddie should’ve run for office. After the girls help Granny June out at the... (full context)
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The arena is also a polling center, and one woman offers Lily and Daunis cookies—but pulls the plate back when another lady says that the girls aren’t enrolled. Daunis... (full context)
Chapter 3
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That afternoon, Daunis gives her group a language lesson as they put on hats and scarves for free... (full context)
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Perry falls and gets back up again, but Pauline pleads with Daunis to help her. Remembering Dad’s advice, Daunis tells Pauline to get up herself and scolds... (full context)
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Jamie says he wishes Daunis was a senior, but at least she won’t have to suffer through his uncle Ron’s... (full context)
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From the edge of the ring, Teddie motions for Daunis. Jamie and Lily follow. Teddie introduces herself to Jamie and asks what tribe he’s from.... (full context)
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Almost angrily, Lily says it’s a shame Daunis insists on keeping “Hockey World” and “Regular World” separate and so won’t even try to... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Later that evening, Daunis borrows Mom’s car to drive Pauline and Perry to Auntie’s house on Sugar Island, where... (full context)
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Art, Auntie’s husband, enters the kitchen just as Daunis’s phone buzzes with a text from Jamie, asking if it’s okay if he comes to... (full context)
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When Auntie and Art go to bed, Daunis thinks about Jamie. He’s a skilled player who made the team despite being a nobody,... (full context)
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Daunis jerks awake in the middle of the night when Auntie comes downstairs, whispering in a... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Daunis wakes in the morning with Perry snuggled next to her and Pauline whispering loudly for... (full context)
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...that this was supposed to be just a few friends, not a hockey party. When Daunis mentions that Jamie is coming, Lily tells Daunis to kiss him. Daunis begins drinking grappa... (full context)
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Two hours later, Lily scolds Levi for playing music too loudly, and Daunis offers Jamie her bottle of grappa. She offers to give him a tour of the... (full context)
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Levi bounces up to Daunis and says he has a favor to ask of her: would she be Jamie’s Supe... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Jamie shows up in Daunis’s driveway two days later for a morning run. Daunis leaves her semaa and prays, and... (full context)
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Jamie, however, refuses to share anything about himself, so he and Daunis resume discussing local customs. Daunis explains that Anishinaabe means “Original People,” but it usually refers... (full context)
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It’s raining the next morning, so Jamie and Daunis run on treadmills at the Chi Mukwa fitness center. Wanting to be respectful, Daunis asks... (full context)
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Jamie’s presence seems to blur the line between Hockey World and Regular World. By Friday, Daunis looks forward to their runs. Smiling as they run through downtown, Daunis shares that once,... (full context)
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Daunis explains that she, however, gets no money because she’s not an enrolled tribal member—her dad... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Daunis wakes up on Saturday excited: the powwow is later, and she tells GrandMary about her... (full context)
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As Daunis ignores another raunchy text from Lily, Jamie asks what happened to Daunis’s dad. Daunis explains... (full context)
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Jamie parallel parks like an expert at the powwow grounds and notices Daunis casually flip off TJ in his police car. Daunis doesn’t share how TJ dumped her... (full context)
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Jamie apologizes and asks if Daunis ever wants to make a difference. Daunis says she wants to be a doctor and... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Jamie gets off of Daunis; firecrackers caused the sound. The boys who set them off laugh as Daunis discovers her... (full context)
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Daunis leads Jamie to the bleachers for the Grand Entry, when veterans bring in different state,... (full context)
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After the Grand Entry, Lily and Granny June meet up with Daunis and Jamie; they’d like to sit together to watch Pauline and Perry dance in their... (full context)
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Travis suddenly appears beside Lily. Daunis puts herself between them and notices how rough Travis looks: he’s already experiencing tooth decay,... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Feeling suddenly anxious, Daunis asks Jamie to go peruse vendor booths while she goes for a run. He says... (full context)
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For dinner, Daunis and Jamie join Art and Auntie at their RV. While Jamie hangs out with Art... (full context)
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Jamie comes over with a plate for Daunis, and they discuss the “minor forty-niner” (the powwow party for minors) later. Daunis implies there... (full context)
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At the forty-niner, people are drumming and singing. Daunis downs two beers before Levi and his friends shout her awful nickname, Bubble, and approach.... (full context)
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Feeling suddenly overwhelmed, Daunis leaves the barn and vomits near Jamie’s truck. When she looks up, Travis and Lily... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Lily falls to her back. Travis says something to Daunis, but she can’t hear him—she can only hear the blast as Travis shoots himself in... (full context)
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Jamie drives back the way they came, pulling over once so Daunis can vomit. He says there was nothing he could do for Lily. On her knees,... (full context)
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Furious, Daunis threatens to run into the woods; she knows them, and Jamie doesn’t. But is that... (full context)
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As TJ approaches the car, Jamie asks for Daunis’s license and says he’ll talk. When TJ sees Daunis’s license, he leans down and asks... (full context)
Chapter 11
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As Mom gives Daunis a pill and water and helps her into bed, Daunis shivers. She remembers shaking during... (full context)
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At the funeral home, Daunis hugs Granny June and studies Lily’s body in the casket. Nothing feels real. She looks... (full context)
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...Maggie, arrives, insisting she had to buy her kids church clothes before she could come. Daunis is angry—Mom would be glued to the casket if Daunis were dead. Lily always referred... (full context)
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When Daunis takes the ferry to Sugar Island later, she thinks about Lily’s journey today: Lily will... (full context)
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On Lily’s third day, she learns about the next world. Daunis sits next to Lily’s casket and thinks through what she knows about Jamie, who presently... (full context)
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The school secretary, Mrs. Hammond, embraces Daunis and asks if Ron is the new “Indian science teacher.” Ron says he’s Native and... (full context)
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Daunis asks why they’re in Uncle David’s classroom, but she remembers how David didn’t show up... (full context)
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When Daunis is done crying, Ron explains that last February, after a Superiors hockey tournament, kids on... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Realizing that Jamie has tricked her, Daunis leaps up and demands that Ron take her back to the funeral home. When they... (full context)
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...is huge and powerful on Sugar Island. Auntie leads a Catholic prayer in Anishinaabemowin, and Daunis wonders why Granny June always talked about the residential schools taking children—but not her children.... (full context)
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In the parking lot, Daunis’s grief and rage intensifies when she sees Angie Flint, Travis’s mom. Levi tells Daunis not... (full context)
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Daunis runs the next morning. Everything feels normal—except she misses running with Jamie and resents that... (full context)
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Ron and Jamie pick Daunis up a bit later. Daunis and Ron exchange The Godfather jokes, and then Daunis insists... (full context)
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Ron resumes the drive to Marquette and says that Daunis will have to learn how to make meth. She and Jamie will take a trip... (full context)
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At the Attorney’s office, a higher-up reads the CI instructions to Daunis. Basically, Daunis is supposed to voluntarily give truthful information, and she shouldn’t do anything illegal.... (full context)
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On the way home, Daunis daydreams like she hasn’t in years. She used to daydream about Dad being at Levi’s... (full context)
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Ron accepts this, but he asks if Daunis might apply for tribal membership by her birthday on October 1. It might help. Daunis... (full context)
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Granny June calls the next morning and asks Daunis to take her to lunch at the Elder Center; she’ll bring the Jeep. On the... (full context)
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Daunis gets herself some food just as Auntie walks in. Daunis’s throat closes up. Auntie supposedly... (full context)
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Daunis drops the Jeep and Granny June at Granny June’s house and then holds out the... (full context)
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Jonsy leads Daunis through the landfill and says they’re looking for old glass bottles, preferably with hats (lids).... (full context)
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Lily keeps blankets in the Jeep; Daunis uses them to swaddle the garbage bag. She heads home for the garage door opener,... (full context)
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Jamie drives to the garage, drops the bag on a countertop, and then joins Daunis to huddle in a blanket. Daunis explains that Gramma Pearl loved storms and coached little... (full context)
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Ron arrives a bit later and tells Daunis to not involve local or tribal police. Then, Jamie carefully unpacks the bag of drain... (full context)
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Daunis tells Mom she’s attending a geology seminar at Michigan Tech, and she tells Auntie she... (full context)
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On Tuesday, Daunis spends an hour sitting in the campus bookstore parking lot, but she can’t bring herself... (full context)
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On Saturday, Daunis is halfway to Marquette with Jamie before she asks how Levi took the news of... (full context)
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First, Daunis and Jamie watch a documentary about meth’s history. Daunis finds it sorely lacking. It describes... (full context)
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On the way back to the hotel, Jamie asks Daunis where she’d like to eat. Daunis can’t get the smell of cat pee and nail... (full context)
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Daunis falls asleep and dreams about the night Travis shot Lily. She watches Lily walk away... (full context)
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Daunis wakes up with her period and cramps the next morning. She washes the stain out... (full context)
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After Daunis showers, Jamie says they should go to the Italian restaurant Levi suggested so their story... (full context)
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The drive home seems to take forever, and Daunis keeps hearing Lily’s voice in her head, telling her that she’s not allowing herself to... (full context)
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Daunis and Jamie approach the party on the shore, eliciting teasing whoops from party attendees. Coach... (full context)
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Ten minutes later, Levi, Stormy Nodin, and then Mike Edwards join Daunis and Jamie at a picnic table. Daunis teases the boys when they taunt her about... (full context)
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Later that afternoon, Daunis’s stomach cramps; she excuses herself to use the bathroom in Coach Bobby’s cabin. She hasn’t... (full context)
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...jeans that are held together with safety pins down the side and platform flip-flops. When Daunis thanks Heather, Heather’s laugh is empty—she’s clearly using drugs. Heather pulls out two baggies, one... (full context)
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Jamie is in Daunis’s driveway the next morning like no time has passed since their last run. He asks... (full context)
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Reaching Levi’s house, Daunis explains that Stormy lives here too because Stormy’s family is “messed up.” Dana, Levi’s mom,... (full context)
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Mike joins the group, and the guys make fart jokes. Daunis ignores them and focuses on trying to keep up. Levi, however, tells the story of... (full context)
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Daunis walks to EverCare and then watches Mom rub lotion into GrandMary’s legs. She wonders silently... (full context)
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Robin Bailey appears. Firmly, she picks up the textbook and steers Daunis into the student union, saying that Daunis has to get over TJ and not let... (full context)
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While Daunis is in line at the Elders’ lunch one day, Jonsy asks her about the trash... (full context)
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On Saturday, Daunis drives to Sugar Island. She passes a billboard with Heather’s senior picture and the Tribal... (full context)
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After a quick snack, Daunis begins a new section. She comes across a patch of pansies, one of Gramma Pearl’s... (full context)
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Daunis bursts into Auntie’s house on the phone with a 911 operator; she only just got... (full context)
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Over the weekend, Daunis allows Mom to baby her. She texts Jamie to come over on Sunday, and before... (full context)
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There, as Jamie pets the cat, Herri, Daunis shares that Heather offered her marijuana and ecstasy laced with Viagra at the bonfire. Jamie... (full context)
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...perks up at the revelation that one can find their tribe through DNA testing, but Daunis says it’s not a simple ancestry spit test. The local tribe requires paternity blood testing.... (full context)
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Jamie refuses to let Daunis accompany him to talk with Ron. She’s angry enough to throw the baby monitor at... (full context)
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Once Jamie leaves, Daunis goes inside to deal with Mom, who’s crying. Both Daunis and Lily are (and were)... (full context)
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While Mom naps, Daunis can’t bring herself to finish Hocus Pocus on her own. She’s fidgety and keeps hearing... (full context)
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Mom and GrandMary packed Uncle David’s things away in GrandMary’s basement after he died, so Daunis leaves Mom a note and heads over there. The house smells clean; Mom still has... (full context)
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Daunis thinks of Uncle David and Heather all week. Granny June thinks Daunis has afternoon classes,... (full context)
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Daunis arrives at the hockey game during the first intermission, as the other anglerfish girlfriends skate... (full context)
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Daunis finds Ron in the lobby. As Mike’s parents wave them over, Daunis whispers that Mr.... (full context)
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Then, Daunis turns to Mike. His parents host Sunday dinners for the team during hockey season, and... (full context)
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Ron drives Daunis and Jamie to the Edwardses’ house. On the way, Daunis says that in addition to... (full context)
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At the Edwards house, Daunis identifies all the luxury vehicles belonging to Dana, Levi, Grant, and Coach Bobby, but she... (full context)
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During the meal, Daunis makes sure she’s right next to Mike—she’s going to pretend to be interested in everything... (full context)
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Finally, Mike leads Daunis to his bedroom to set up the BlackBerry. Daunis plans to leave something there so... (full context)
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Her stomach flipping, Daunis says she came to use the bathroom and retrieve her phone. Mike looks amused—and he... (full context)
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Daunis sits in the backseat with Jamie on the ride home, appreciating that he holds her... (full context)
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When Daunis steps outside for her run the next morning, Jamie isn’t there. This is disappointing, as... (full context)
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Daunis is almost done canvassing Duck Island, but the leaves are slowing her down—as is her... (full context)
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Anxiously worrying about what Auntie might know about the investigation, Daunis sits down. She burns with shame as Auntie says she didn’t want to do “this”... (full context)
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Daunis has wanted this for a long time. Being Anishinaabe and being enrolled aren’t the same... (full context)
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Daunis laughs and cries on her way to catch the Booster Bus, where a woman who... (full context)
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Daunis replays the Elders handing her the affidavits as she tries to read The Sound and... (full context)
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Daunis feels like she’s in a fog until Grant slides in next to her at the... (full context)
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After the game, Ron quietly tells Daunis that he told Jamie to slow down the whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing. He says that new... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...Ron is upstairs on the Boosters’ party floor, so, curious what Jamie will do unsupervised, Daunis grabs his hand. They watch Levi imitate the players’ performances from the game, but Daunis... (full context)
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Daunis leads Jamie to a quiet corner and says that no matter what Ron says, pretending... (full context)
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On the Booster floor, Daunis navigates the crowded hallway and jokes with Ron, who’s clearly tipsy. As she reaches her... (full context)
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At the game the next day, Coach Bobby scolds Daunis for lifting with her bad shoulder when she helps carry boxes of souvenir hockey pucks.... (full context)
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During the game, Daunis squeezes in next to Megan and accepts a gift bag. It contains a jersey that... (full context)
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Daunis rushes to leave the bleachers, trying not to hear “vultures” saying that Robin was “one... (full context)
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Ron leaves Daunis with Jamie in the lobby. Daunis leans against Jamie and observes the subdued players—but Levi... (full context)
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Jamie hugs Daunis and quietly says this isn’t part of the plan. She argues that helping the community... (full context)
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That night, Daunis dreams about the night Travis shot Lily. Lily tells Travis to leave her alone and... (full context)
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Daunis is the first to board the Booster Bus in the morning. She saves Ron a... (full context)
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Ron slips Daunis a note listing all things the police found on Heather. It doesn’t mention undergarments or... (full context)
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The Booster Bus gets back to the Sault in early afternoon, so Daunis hurries to Duck Island. One sample she collects is unrecognizable. As Daunis waits for the... (full context)
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Daunis drives home in shock. Was Robin on campus that day because she was dealing drugs?... (full context)
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Mom and Daunis discuss that Uncle David spent most of his last weeks at school, but Daunis recalls... (full context)
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Auntie and Daunis go to the hospital for blood draws; they go there instead of Tribal Health since... (full context)
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Stormy makes an offering of semaa when he and Daunis are on the ferry, which surprises Daunis—but she reasons that when his parents are with... (full context)
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Daunis tenses when Stormy’s dad walks in. He’s never liked her much, since he sees her... (full context)
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Daunis drops Stormy off at Chi Mukwa, gives Levi her debit card, and lets Jamie give... (full context)
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Is Levi involved in the meth cell? Still in shock, Daunis arranges to receive emailed statements and hangs up. Then, she does the math—and it would... (full context)
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When Daunis falls asleep, she dreams again of Travis shooting Lily. Travis points the gun at Daunis’s... (full context)
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When Daunis jerks awake, she realizes she’s remembering more about the night Travis shot Lily. She also... (full context)
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...he wanted to. Mom asks why she lied and said that he was driving. Gently, Daunis says it’s because when Mom went to tell Dad about her pregnancy, she found him... (full context)
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Robin’s parents are Catholic, so her funeral takes place three days after her death. Daunis has seldom been to church since GrandMary said Native Catholics were like converted Catholics: lesser.... (full context)
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...everyone to the burial, lunch, and the benefit hockey game on Friday, which is also Daunis’s birthday. Daunis is playing on the Sault High team, and everyone in the community is... (full context)
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Daunis barely listens to the Elders debate how to know if someone is fluent in Anishinaabemowin,... (full context)
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The Elders are quiet when Daunis returns to the dining room—they all know Auntie yelled and that Daunis likely deserved it.... (full context)
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Daunis has heard the Little People can be mischievous, but not malicious. She asks if they... (full context)
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As Daunis heads to the ferry the next morning, she wonders if Travis was hallucinating or if... (full context)
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Daunis has never seen Levi so enraged. As Mike notices her, Levi tells the guy he... (full context)
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Daunis then goes to her dress fitting with Mrs. Edwards. She’s shocked when Mrs. Edwards pulls... (full context)
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As Daunis pays, she gets a text from Auntie asking her to come tomorrow night at eight.... (full context)
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Fortunately, Ron’s car isn’t at Sault High. Daunis suspects Uncle David left a notebook for her in his hidden drawer. She tells Mrs.... (full context)
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Daunis decides to read the notebook at EverCare, but she finds Mom sitting in GrandMary’s room... (full context)
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...David jots down questions students ask. Most students are identified by initials or a symbol; Daunis is a heart. In October, David started writing about a student identified by a light... (full context)
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Daunis continues reading Uncle David’s journal. Once he began working with the FBI, he started researching... (full context)
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Daunis drives to Jamie and Ron’s house and invites them for a walk. She decides to... (full context)
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Trying to hide her excitement, Daunis asks what to work on next and asks for a clue. Then, she realizes Ron... (full context)
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Daunis drives the Jeep to Sugar Island and offers semaa to the river on the ferry—she... (full context)
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After, Daunis and Auntie sit by the fire eating hominy soup and blueberry galette. Daunis privately remembers... (full context)
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When Daunis notices a plate of food that Art left at the edge of the woods, Auntie... (full context)
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Daunis senses her relationship with Auntie changing—she’s moving ahead into womanhood, and Auntie is letting her.... (full context)
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Rather than sleep at Auntie’s, Daunis drives home. While she waits for the ferry, she reads through Uncle David’s mushroom research... (full context)
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Daunis thinks back to when Lily broke up with Travis over Christmas break. He made lots... (full context)
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Daunis knows now that Travis added the love medicine to meth, but the love medicine wasn’t... (full context)
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When Daunis races out her front door the next morning, Jamie greets her with a “happy birthday.”... (full context)
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Emotions wash over Daunis as she enters the locker room—she’s excited to play hockey one last time, but seeing... (full context)
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The guy who replaced Daunis is doing an awful job, but Coach Bobby refuses to let Daunis back on the... (full context)
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Daunis finds Jamie, who says in an awed voice that he had no idea Daunis was... (full context)
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Fortunately, Daunis notices Art, Auntie, Mom, Pauline, and Perry across the lobby—and Auntie is smiling. Warning Jamie... (full context)
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In the exam room, Jamie helps Daunis out of her sweatshirt and into the hospital gown, kissing her hurt shoulder. Doctor Bonasera... (full context)
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Dr. Bonasera reminds Daunis that after her surgery complications from last summer, she risks nerve damage every time she... (full context)
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When they’re done at the emergency room, Daunis insists on getting cheeseburgers and a strawberry shake from the drive-in. Then, she instructs Jamie... (full context)
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Snuggled together, Jamie asks why Daunis played tonight when she knew she was risking nerve damage. Daunis answers truthfully: she feels... (full context)
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Jamie, confused, confirms that saying he loves Daunis ruined everything. Daunis says she knows about “Guy Lies,” and everyone, especially Jamie, has lied... (full context)
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Jamie drives Daunis back to Chi Mukwa and his car. When they get out of the Jeep, he... (full context)
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When Jamie arrives to pick Daunis up for Shagala the next night, his jaw drops upon seeing her. The jumpsuit is... (full context)
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...of couples makes their way to the building. When they hear Auntie shouting, Jamie and Daunis break away from the line to go greet her. Daunis laughs at Jamie’s hand squeezes,... (full context)
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Levi passes Daunis’s birthday gift to her across the table. It’s not Dad’s scarf: it’s Dad’s choker from... (full context)
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As Daunis heads to the restroom, Ron catches her and says they need to talk. He asks... (full context)
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In the restroom, Daunis is stunned: how can last night have been so magical if Jamie is using her?... (full context)
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TJ admits he was a coward for how he broke up with Daunis, but he’s not a liar. Daunis insists he’s wrong, but TJ says he’s only wrong... (full context)
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Daunis walks ahead of Grant to the hotel. She decides that she’ll let him tell her... (full context)
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As Daunis takes the elevator back down, she combs her hair and blinks until it seems like... (full context)
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As Shagala winds down, Daunis tells Jamie she wants to go home, not to Levi’s after-party. When they pass Macy... (full context)
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In her head, Daunis thinks about how the conversation will go: she’ll tell Jamie that Grant is involved with... (full context)
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Remembering her conversation with Ron earlier, Daunis asks for Jamie’s real name. He refuses to give it and says that it’s safer... (full context)
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Ron, assuming Daunis is shivering from the cold, wraps her in a blanket and helps her into the... (full context)
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Inside, Daunis discovers that Mom is sleeping at GrandMary’s house, seemingly to give Daunis and Jamie privacy.... (full context)
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When Daunis wakes in the morning, she notices the gift Levi left on her desk. Fingering Dad’s... (full context)
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Mom isn’t back yet when Daunis gets home. Daunis decides to check the emailed bank statement from Canada, and if it... (full context)
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Daunis stands in front of Dana Firekeeper’s house, which should be empty. She enters through the... (full context)
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It’s Dana, not Levi. Waylon barks and a squirrel in the windowsill scolds Daunis—and then leaps into the room, exciting Waylon even more. Daunis is so scared that she... (full context)
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When Mom gets home, Daunis tries to hide the sound of her retching. But Mom offers Daunis some Gatorade and... (full context)
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Mom runs Daunis a bath. Afterward, Daunis dresses in a sports bra that will hide the bruise on... (full context)
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Under her hockey gear bag, Daunis finds a box of hockey pucks. They’re the smeared dream catcher pucks, and Daunis finds... (full context)
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Daunis sits with Dad’s scarf around her shoulders and inventories what she knows. She realizes that... (full context)
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Just as Daunis wonders what Levi will do next, her BlackBerry buzzes and someone knocks on the door.... (full context)
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Daunis shows Dana in and gives her a paper bag to breathe into. Then, she makes... (full context)
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As Dana describes how insistent and selfish Levi has become, Daunis finds that she can’t hear Dana anymore. She can just hear Ron’s voice in her... (full context)
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At first, Daunis smells pleasant smells she associates with camping. But she realizes she’s in a small aluminum... (full context)
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Realizing that Dana drugged her with a date-rape drug, Daunis asks if Dana said anything when she brought Daunis here. Jamie is shocked—a guy in... (full context)
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Moments later, Daunis and Jamie hear Mike and Levi approaching the trailer. Quietly, Jamie slips his watch onto... (full context)
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When Daunis screeches with rage, Levi says he tried to bring it up on the day the... (full context)
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Mike sits and urges Levi to tell Daunis how it all started. Levi says that Angie Flint started dating a guy from Vegas... (full context)
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...Mike says that Levi was bad at using meth—and at pitching the business plan to Daunis last year. He tells Daunis that had she been involved, they could’ve gotten Travis help,... (full context)
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Daunis can’t breathe; she’s too hot. She finds herself on the bed with Jamie holding a... (full context)
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Daunis dreams that she’s a tiger watching Jamie, a panther far from home, fail to fight... (full context)
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Just after dawn, Jamie gets up to pee, and Daunis realizes that he’s also been awake most of the night. But he suggests they sleep,... (full context)
Chapter 48
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Levi and Mike enter and stoke the fire with a small log. Then, Daunis says she doesn’t trust Levi, so she’ll need Mike to assure her that Jamie will... (full context)
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Mike is clearly pleased. He says he’ll stay with Jamie while Levi takes Daunis to their meth lab. Turning to Jamie, Daunis winks and apologizes for her “stupid mistake.”... (full context)
Chapter 49
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Daunis follows Levi along the shore and almost falls into the water once. She takes the... (full context)
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Daunis asks about the pucks in her closet and if Levi will go along with it... (full context)
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Daunis asks if that’s how Dana got Dad and asks why Levi lied about the scarf.... (full context)
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Daunis asks if they’d be unstoppable because Levi gets away with everything—she knows Travis took the... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Daunis leaps out of Levi’s truck and into Seeney’s car, and Seeney moves her car to... (full context)
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Daunis tries to chase Levi, but he’s too far ahead. She notices Grant’s car; he must... (full context)
Chapter 51
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Coach Bobby tells Daunis to be smart. He’s always helped and defended her, but now he says that Jamie... (full context)
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Daunis jerks the wheel, causing the BMW to hit a tree and spin. She’s bleeding within... (full context)
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Levi begs Daunis to tell TJ that Coach Bobby forced him to help, but Daunis backs away. She... (full context)
Chapter 52
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Daunis attacks Stormy until Ron pulls her off and leads Stormy outside. Jamie is unharmed and... (full context)
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Hearing another scream, Daunis sees Auntie running for her. Auntie says she’s here because Seeney called and said Daunis... (full context)
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Daunis feels giddy and dizzy, and she realizes her stomach is rock hard. She’s elated; her... (full context)
Chapter 53
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Daunis is on a large rock in the woods. It’s rained recently, and there are fires... (full context)
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Daunis wakes up to beeps, buzzes, and pain. She can identify Mom’s voice, but she can’t... (full context)
Chapter 55
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Three days after she almost dies, Daunis wakes up foggy and can tell instantly that something is wrong. Mom says that GrandMary... (full context)
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Several days later, Daunis describes her race off the ferry and crashing Coach Bobby’s car in great detail. She... (full context)
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Once Dr. Roulain is gone, Daunis prepares herself and then, remembering that Mom said Daunis doesn’t need to protect her feelings,... (full context)
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Auntie visits with medicine: sage, cedar, sweetgrass, and tobacco. Daunis knows now that Auntie has been a great friend to Mom for Daunis’s entire life.... (full context)
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Ron visits soon after Daunis moves to the regular hospital ward. Mom scolds him for putting Daunis in danger, and... (full context)
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Then, Ron tells Daunis what he can: Levi has been charged with several crimes, and Daunis will have to... (full context)
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Ron apologizes. He says that Coach Bobby has been charged, too. Daunis realizes she missed the signs, like his fancy car and his cabin’s renovation. She still... (full context)
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Enraged, Daunis asks if Jamie shared that Grant raped her at Shagala. She says that Jamie is... (full context)
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A small boy visits Daunis. The boy’s eyes remind her of Grandpa Lorenzo’s, and he has brown curly hair with... (full context)
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Jamie begins to cry. He apologizes for involving Daunis and for Lily and Uncle David’s deaths. Daunis doesn’t comfort him; he needs to know... (full context)
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Frantically, Jamie says he wants to be with Daunis. They can go to any school she wants and pretend to meet as strangers. He... (full context)
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Daunis tells Jamie that she loves him and wants him to find himself, but they both... (full context)
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It’s been 10 months since Daunis’s hospitalization. Powwows aren’t ceremonies, but they’re healing nevertheless—and at the annual powwow on the third... (full context)
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That Friday, Daunis picks up Granny June and drives to Auntie and Art’s house. At the clearing, they... (full context)
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Daunis takes a pansy and watches woman approach the fire to offer their pansies. She thinks... (full context)
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On Sunday, Daunis peruses the vendor stalls and refuses to tell anyone who asks about Levi anything. From... (full context)
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On Sunday, Daunis prays for love. Today her mourning period for Lily ends, and she’ll dance for the... (full context)
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Then, Pauline asks if college is like a boarding school. Daunis asks why she asks, and Pauline describes how the government used to take kids, not... (full context)
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Daunis puts on her red Jingle Dress, with the 365 cones that Daunis sewed on one... (full context)
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Daunis dances simply as she enters for the Grand Entry. She leads Pauline, Perry, and Auntie... (full context)
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Daunis sees Mom smile. Mom knows now that letting Daunis go isn’t losing her. Daunis remembers... (full context)